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6 YA Books to Remind You That Springtime Is Actually Coming

I am so ready for spring. Technically, it is already spring, according to the calendar, and yet the weather here in New York refuses to cooperate. I’m still wearing layers and hats and scarves, instead of being able to soak up some springtime sunshine in sandals or even a t shirt. One of my favorite things about spring is sitting outside in the park with a fun, fast-paced book (preferably with some excellent swoonworthy moments) to keep me company for the afternoon. Even though it’s not quite warm enough to lounge outside and read yet, I’m still getting prepared! Here are six YA books that are perfect for indulging in your springtime dreams.

alex approximately coverAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Two words: California. Surfing. Even though I’m originally a West Coast gal, I’ve never been to California, but I love to read about it, especially when I’m suffering through the fourth New York blizzard in three weeks. Right about now, I’d love to follow in Bailey’s footsteps and move across the country to a small California surfing town... and if my super-cute online crush happened to live there? Definitely a bonus. 

upside of unrequited coverThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Upside is swoonworthy, sure, but it’s also about figuring out who you are, navigating family relationships, and how much better any dessert is if you serve it in mini mason jars. This book is just so darn cute that it pulls me right out of my winter doldrums. Plus, Albertalli’s light, fast-paced writing means that you can zip through this book in just a few hours, and then turn around and read it again (and again, and again…). 

sam coverSurviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare

Okay, okay, so football is a fall sport, not a spring one. But sometimes I just need a little bit of those Friday night lights outside of the regular season to keep me going! It helps that Klare’s book is funny, smart, charming, and filled with characters that I just can’t help but root for. This is the perfect book to while away a sunny spring afternoon in the park.

to all the boys coverTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Even the beautiful cover of this book about a girl who writes secret letters to the boys she’s loved screams springtime to me (and I’m eternally jealous of the decor in Lara Jean’s room—so adorable!). Lara Jean’s story is sweet and compelling and it's the ideal book to stick in your bag for when you need a lighthearted pick-me-up. 

when dimple coverWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Oftentimes my spring reading is actually about the summertime—what can I say, I like to look forward to things! When Dimple Met Rishi takes place during a summer in San Fransisco—not exactly the warm, sunlit, summery place of my dreams, but Dimple and Rishi’s chemistry more than makes up for it. Light, bright, and breezy, this book will capture your heart from the very first page. 

georgia peaches coverGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown 

I’ll be the first to say I know nothing about golf, but I know it’s a spring sport and the smart, sexy, and likable love interest in Georgia Peaches is an avid golf player, and that’s enough for me! Too bad protagonist Jo—who has been out and proud for years—is keeping her sexuality on the down low as a favor to her dad. But can that really keep them apart? I tore through this delightful queer love story in hours, but springtime in Georgia sounds sweltering, so I’ll definitely enjoy this book from my shady fire escape with a nice glass of iced tea.

What about you, Swoon Readers? Any easy, breezy, spring books to add to the list?

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Rachel D.

Growing up in rural Oregon, books were my way out. Now, books are my way of reconnecting with my home. …

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